§ Mr. Beith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many deaths of ex-offenders occurred within(a) one month and (b) six months of release from custody in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what research his Department is undertaking into the number of deaths of former prison inmates which occur shortly after release from custody; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the number of deaths, indicating separately self-inflicted deaths, of ex-offenders which occur shortly after release from custody; and if he will make a statement. 424W
§ Mr. George Howarth
The available information relates to people who are under probation service supervision following release from prison, which, in the case of those sentenced to less than 12 months, is on a voluntary basis:
Number of deaths of those under supervision by the Probation Service England and Wales Number of persons Time between release and death 1995 1996 1997 Under one month 26 33 34 One month and under six months 53 47 63 Six months or more 29 21 27
The Department is not currently carrying out research on deaths following release from prison.